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LA Chargers: The toughest defenses Justin Herbert faces in 2021

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Chase Young #99 of the Washington Football Team looks on between plays against the Carolina Panthers during the game at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Chase Young #99 of the Washington Football Team looks on between plays against the Carolina Panthers during the game at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Washington Football Team

The LA Chargers open the 2021 season with quite the challenge offensively. The Bolts are on the road taking on the Washington Football Team in a game that should get some buzz as we get closer to the season. The reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year versus the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year is a good selling point.

For Charger fans, the big question is if this offensive line can hold up right away. Some may say that this is a new group together and that they are going to take time to gel. I go the other way. This is an offensive line that is made up of mostly veteran players. This is an advantage for LA as they won’t have the taxing long season on top of having to block Chase Young.

They will be fresh and will get plenty of time to prepare. Now, the one true question is if Rashawn Slater can hold his own against Young. He did in college in 2019, but Young went on to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020 while Slater did not play football.

Just saying, don’t be surprised or get mad if Slater has a bad first game in the NFL. He is going to be tasked with blocking a future Defensive Player of the Year winner.

It is more than just Chase Young, though. That entire front seven for Washington is a serious problem and the secondary is very talented as well. They added to the defense as well, taking linebacker Jamin Davis in the first round and defensive back Benjamin St-Juste in the third.

Washington ranked third in both defensive efficiency and defensive DVOA in 2020.

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